Complete Guide To The Massive Philadelphia Auto Show, January 28-February 5

Test drive a BMW, snap a selfie with a 1966 Batmobile, view the industry’s newest creations and more...

Fuel up your tank! You’re going to need some energy to take in all of the awesome and interactive opportunities the 2017 Philadelphia Auto Show has in store at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Returning January 28 through February 5, the show offers attendees the chance to explore the automotive industry’s latest creations and get a glimpse of more than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars.

Fast Facts

  • The Philadelphia Auto Show rolls into the Pennsylvania Convention Center January 28-February 5.
  • Admission is $14 for adults, $7 for children and free for children six and under.
  • 700+ concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars will be on display.
  • Visitors can also check out test-drive opportunities, a display of iconic Hollywood cars and live entertainment.

Beyond prime auto admiration opportunities, events of all sorts are scheduled for the huge, nine-day show, including chances to test drive select vehicles, enjoy live musical performances, partake in celebrity meet-and-greets and more.

Read on for our guide to this year’s Auto Show.


A tradition since 1902, the Philadelphia Auto Show continually brings the best of the best in automotive design to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Attendees reap chances to sit in the vehicles, learn about the cars from industry experts and test drive select models like BMW, Jeep and more.

The featured cars this year include some of the newest models out there from makers like Ferrari, Mercedes and Aston Martin.

There are few better opportunities to learn about the cars, ooh and ahh over industry developments with other auto enthusiasts, and pose for impressive photos with your favorite shiny models.

An array of events are also scheduled throughout the show, including concerts, celebrity meet-and-greets and more. Check the schedule for a full lineup of events.

Auto Show
(Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
The 2017 Philadelphia Auto Show will pack the Pennsylvania Convention Center with more than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars.

New This Year

Brand new this year, a Hollywood Rides display welcomes visitors to check out some of the movie industry’s most iconic automobiles. From Back to the Future’s DeLorean to Batman’s Batmobile to Harry Potter’s Flying Anglia, cars from a range of different movies will be represented. Click here to see the full list.

Show-goers can find the display at the Broad Street end of the Main Exhibit Hall.

Ride and Drives

Those looking to take their auto show experience to the next level can partake in a Ride and Drive, a demo that enables visitors to get behind the wheel of select models from BMW, Nissan, Kia, Mazda and Toyota and head out to the city streets.

Right on the show floor, visitors can head to Camp Jeep where four models can be experienced indoors.

Different Ride and Drive opportunities are available each day of the Philadelphia Auto Show. Check the schedule for details.

Black Tie Tailgate

Get a preview of the 2017 Philadelphia Auto Show as you dine and dance among the finest automobiles in the world at the Black Tie Tailgate.

The annual gala features an open bar, live music and food by such local spots as Townsend and Termini Bros.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Division of Neurology at The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania. Tickets are available online.

(R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Different Ride and Drive experiences are available every day during the Auto Show’s run.

Getting There

For those coming in from the suburbs, the Pennsylvania Convention Center is located mere blocks from the SEPTA Jefferson Station; take any regional rail line to the station and follow signs for the Convention Center.

Plenty of parking will be available in garages around the Convention Center, too, and for those hopping on Indego bike share, there is a docking station at 1321 Arch Street.

Check here for more information on parking and transportation.

How to Score Free Auto Show Tickets

Visiting from out of town and looking for an epic deal? Turn your trip to the Philadelphia Auto Show into the ultimate weekend getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, inclusive of two free tickets to the show!

Those who book a stay at one of the 38 participating Philadelphia hotel between January 28 and February 5 will enjoy their stay, up to $228 worth of perks plus two free tickets to the Philadelphia Auto Show included.

For more details on the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package and to browse participating hotels and rates, click here.

(Photo by B. Krist for VISIT PHILADELPHIA)

Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package Winter Getaway for a stay between January 28 and February 5 and you’ll get two free tickets to the Auto Show along with more than $200 in other perks.

Tickets and More

Tickets are available online or at the onsite box office.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for active military (must purchase at the box office), $7 for children ages 7 through 12 and free for children under six. Tickets are $7 for senior citizens during weekdays when purchased onsite at the box office.

Folks are encouraged to purchase their tickets online to skip the line. Click here to purchase your ticket.

Philadelphia Auto Show

When:January 28-February 5
Where:Philadelphia Auto Show, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia
Cost:$14 for adults, $11 for active military (at box office only), $7 for children ages 7-12, free for children under 6, $7 for senior citizens (at box office only; weekdays only)


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